The Visconti Amerigo Vespucci Marine Bronze Limited Edition Fountain Pen. 2012 marks the 500th anniversary of Amerigo Vespucci's death, the Florentine navigator who first recognized that the fourth continent was not part of Asia (as Columbus thought) but rather part of a "New World". In 1497, Amerigo addressed a letter to Lorenzo de' Medici with details of his discoveries. The letter caused such a stir that when Martin Waldeseemuller drew the first map of America 10 years later, he called the continent after the feminized Latin version of Amerigo's name: Americus Vespucius.
Tribute to the 500th anniversary of the death of Italian explorer, Amerigo Vespucci.
Barrel is made of ivory resin.
Waldeseemuller map of 1507 is engraved on ivory resin using the scrimshaw technique.
Possesses 23K dreamtouch palladium nib.
Uses power filler.
Packaged in specially designed wooden carved into the shape of an astrolabe.
Vespucci was a skilled navigator and traveled to the "New World" on four separate occasions, discovering Rio de Janeiro and giving Venezuela, or "Little Venice", its name. King Ferdinand II of Aragon appointed Amerigo "Piloto Mayor de Castilla" in 1508, placing him in charge of new expeditions and training sailors in the use of the quadrant and the astrolabe. He stayed in this job until his death in 1512.
To create a pen commemorating this important 500th anniversary, Visconti took inspiration from symbolic events, primarily Vespucci's travels and Waldeseemuller's famous map of 1507. It would have been impossible to reproduce the entire map on a pen, so we chose sections depicting Europe and America. To reproduce it correctly, they further perfected their scrimshaw technique, introducing points and chiaroscuro into the graphic work.
The result is astonishing. Certain details, such as the caravelle, are almost painterly in the quality of their engraving.
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